Wednesday, May 10, 2017

West Coast Tops “Most Kid-Friendly U.S. Cities to Visit in 2017”

RewardExpert has just released their 2017 list of "Most Kid-Friendly U.S. Cities to Visit" and the West Coast has captured the first three spots. Topping the list are San Diego, San Francisco, Portland, Atlanta, and Washington D.C. Corrine McDermott mentioned that most families are gravitating towards destinations that are "clean, safe, and welcoming to children". Other notable mentions on the list include Miami, FL with the best amusement parks and Tampa, FL with the best kid-friendly hotels. 

1. San Diego

San Diego was ranked to have the best playgrounds in the RewardExpert article. The weather is perfect and sunny the entire year and it is close to many attractions like the World Famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Legoland, Seaworld, and the San Diego Safari Park. In addition, it is only a few hours from Knotts Berry Farm, Disneyland, and Universal Studios. For more active families, San Diego has a variety of popular hiking trails.

2. San Francisco

San Francisco comes in second, and is also mentioned on the "top five" lists for kid-friendly hotels and kid-friendly museums. San Francisco is easy to maneuver with it's impressive transit system, ensuring all family activities can be checked off the list with ease. A notable mention is the Exploratorium, a science exhibit that has hundreds of exhibits for the entire family to enjoy. In addition, the Golden Gate Park offers over 1,000 acres of outdoor play space and there is free public access.

3. Portland

San Diego fit the beach and amusement park scene, San Francisco fit the city scene, and Portland rounds out the top three with a relaxing, laid back city atmosphere. Washington Park has one of the largest playgrounds in the city and Oaks Amusement Park is one of the oldest continuously operating amusement parks in the country. If that hasn't tired the kids out, take them to Playdate PDX, inside 7,500 square feet of playground fun. The city is easy to maneuver and it provides the same city experience, with an added down-to-earth quality.

To see the other top 12 cities that made the list, please visit the RewardExpert article here

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Inverness Hotel Joins Hilton Family


In March 2017, the Inverness Hotel and Conference Center transitioned to join the Hilton Hotels & Resorts Brand. This transition will not affect any withstanding guest reservations and it is the first step in a three-year property improvement plan. The Hilton Inverness Hotel is located in the Denver Tech Center, with easy access to Downtown Denver.

The property has over 60,000 square feet of IACC- certified meeting space. In addition, there is a massive 18-hole golf course on property. For guests traveling within a 5-mile radius of the hotel, they offer a complimentary shuttle service. The hotel has five on-property dining options including
  • Elevate Coffee Bar
  • Fireside Bar and Grill, which features authentic Colorado flavors
  • The Garden Terrace, a breakfast and lunch buffet
  • The Golfe Grill, a sandwiches and finger-food type restaurant
  • The Spotted Dog, a pub style restaurant

The Inverness Hotel is located at 200 Inverness Drive West in Englewood, Colorado. For more information or to make a reservation, please see their website here

Friday, April 28, 2017

Experience Desert Luxury at Mountain Shadows Resort


Mountain Shadows Resort was originally built in 1950, but the resort has been completely re-built from the ground up after it closed in 2004. The new hotel brings a modern twist to its original 1950s roots. Tucked away in Arizona, it is wedged in between Camelback and Mummy mountains and it has 183 rooms. The resort had it’s grand opening a few months ago.

The revamped hotel will have 12,500 sq feet of indoor and 25,000 sq feet of outdoor meeting space. In addition, the property also has a new 18-hole, 3-par golf course. Dining options include Hearth ‘61, which offers American cuisine, and Rusty’s, a patio and lounge.

For more information visit the Mountain Shadows Resort website here.

Hilton Bali Has It All


At the end of 2016, Hilton announced the grand opening of the Hilton Bali Resort on the Nusa Dua beach enclave on Bali’s southern peninsula atop a 40-meter cliff. The Hilton Bali Resort features 329 guest rooms and suites that overlook the Indian Ocean or some of the property’s private gardens. The property also has 19 luxury villas, each with it’s own separate living area, private plunge pool, gazebo, and round-the-clock butler service. The property has 6 different dining options including the Shiki Japanese Restaurant, Shore Restaurant & Bar, La Terrazza, Paon Bali Restaurant & Bar, Brasserie des Célébrités, and The Delicatessen.

The 28-acre compound boasts 8,470 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. Both of the conference centers specifically have pillarless ballrooms and can accommodate 1,500 guests. The resort also has the capacity for 9 different breakout rooms and pre-function space that overlooks the sea.

To learn more about the Hilton Bali Resort, check out their website here.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hello Havana: Cuba’s Capital Plans for Five-Star Hotel


As Cuba prepares to put itself in league with the rest of the modern world, Europe’s oldest hotel group, Kempinski, announced the opening of a five-star modern luxury property in the heart of Old Havana. The Gran Hotel Kempinski Manzana La Habana is in the historic Manzana de Gomez building, a UNESCO world heritage site . The property mixes modern luxury with historic class to provide a unique guest experience.

The hotel will have 246 rooms and suites ranging from 430 to 1,615 square feet and decor that mixes clean white pieces with colorful accents. One of the revolutionary amenities of the hotel is the complimentary in-room internet, an impressive feature for a country that slightly struggles to keep up with the ever-changing modern technology. In addition,there will be three restaurants, a lobby bar, a spa, and a rooftop terrace with a swimming pool.

There is no date currently set for the grand opening, but the Kempinski website states that they aim for it to open within the second quarter of this year. More details can be found at their website.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Denver Welcomes Luxury with The Maven


On March 30, 2017, The Maven opened in lower downtown Denver (LoDo). The Maven is a luxurious independent hotel with 2,100 square feet of flexible meetings space that can accommodate meetings and events of all sizes.The hotel is already succeeding and is seeing sold-out nights only 5 days after it’s grand opening. 

Meetings and events at The Maven can expect to have a modern and unique experience. The space features stages that have garage doors to connect indoors and outdoors, dark wood floors and brick walls, and the option to split the ballroom based on client needs. Some of The Maven’s onsite food and beverage include Huckleberry, their coffee shop, Kachina Southwestern Grill, a breakfast to dinner Southwestern style restaurant, and Poka Lola Social Club, their cocktail lounge.

The Maven is located at 1850 Wazee Street, Denver, CO 80202. For more information on the hotel, visit .

Written by: Rachel DeVinny 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Global Meetings Industry Day 2017

On April 6, 2017 meetings and events professionals all around the world will join together to celebrate the Second Annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID). It is anticipated that there will be 115 events over 30 countries taking part in the celebration.

If you are hoping to join in on the festivities, you don’t have to look far! The San Diego Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) will host a GMID event that evening from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Float at Coasterra. MPI will be celebrating the value of face-to-face meetings and will also be hosting their annual fundraiser and silent auction at the event. For more details, please click here.

GMID was created by Meetings Mean Business (MMB)  and aims to raise attention to the impact that meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows, and exhibitions have on people, businesses, and communities on a local and global scale. Check out the MMB website to learn more about GMID and to see if your local area is participating!

Written by: Rachel DeVinny

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Get the Vegas Experience in DMV

The MGM National Harbor Hotel and Conference Center is a new, splashy, $1.4 billion Las Vegas-style hotel unlike any other in DMV (Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia) region. They offer world-class amenities, service, and product with breathtaking views of the Potomac River and the nation’s capital. It’s Conference Center offers 50,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. With a powerhouse lineup of chefs, “Farm to bed” dining with fresh options are just a phone call or stroll away… check it out here.

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Steady Rise of the Boutique Hotel Collection

With many different hotel options, boutique hotels have become a top option for travelers of all types.  Boutique hotels are intimate in size and feeling, but big in personality. Most are typically centrally located in urban areas, so you can completely immerse yourself in the heart of the city. These properties offer exceptional, personal, and individualized service with a focus on customization. In the hotel restaurant and bar, you are likely to see a celebrity chef listed on the menu alongside the name of the mixologist who came up with the craft cocktail you are sipping on. This is just part of what creates the 5-star boutique experience.

Over the past few years, major hotels brands have jumped on the boutique hotel bandwagon and opened their own “soft” brand of stylish, intimate, and trendy hotels tailored to clientele that are not particularly interested in large brands. For example, Marriot kicked things off in 2010 with its Autograph Collection, now with over 100 locations around the globe. Hilton and Starwood followed suit with their collections, Curio in 2014 and Tribute Portfolio in 2015. Hyatt Hotels most recently launched the Unbound Collection with locations in North America, Europe, and Latin America.

So whether you prefer the more intimate feel of a B&B or the amenities of a big name brand, you might find just what you’re looking for in a boutique hotel!